After posting his top 100 prospects list and his top ten for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Keith Law posted his top prospects by position(subscription required) on Wednesday afternoon. Six Pirates players made the lists, which were different lengths based on the strength/depth of the position.
For catchers, Reese McGuire grabbed the tenth spot. Eight catchers were listed in his top 100, though it is interesting to note that no other catcher in his top ten for the position, ranked lower than fourth on his own team. McGuire was ranked seventh in the Pirates top ten.
Alen Hanson actually made two lists, as Law ranked him(on purpose) as both a shortstop and a second baseman. The shortstop list went 15 prospects deep and Hanson ranked 14th on the list. For second baseman, he is the second best prospect at the position.
Josh Bell was listed as an outfielder by Law, but he is considered a first baseman at the current time. He was ranked higher in Law’s top 100 than any other first baseman, but for outfielders, he ranked 13th overall. That put him six spots behind Austin Meadows, who Law ranked as the second best prospect for the Pirates.
Finally, we get to right-handed pitchers and the Pirates had Tyler Glasnow second overall and Jameson Taillon ranked 11 spots lower. That might sound low for Taillon, but the right-handed pitching group is the deepest group of prospects in the minors.
The Pirates didn’t have any representatives for third base or left-handed pitchers.
You can compare Law’s list to MLB.com’s top ten by position.